A few months down the road, after mixing “Despacito” all over the world, we got a show in Hungary, the motherland of ESAudio. Yesss!!! I ended up in Szeged, a beautiful small city on the southern great plain region of Hungary, where one of the main city attractions, The Szeged Open Air (Theatre) Festival is held every summer, since 1931.
The festival, that extends for various consecutive months, is the biggest festival of its kind in Europe. At the heart of “Dóm tér”, ESAudio was born, in a quest for a speaker system that will better suit the dynamic range and nuances of a classical orchestra and opera singers, but with less reflections and sound bouncing out of the buildings that surround the Votive Church staircase and plaza located at the center of the centenary city.
There I was, ready to listen for the first time a large format of ESAudio system in surround sound. The classical music sounded absolutely stunning, an audiophile quality experience with all the details and dynamic range that classical music requires. Next, something new for ESAudio speakers, Reggaeton.
I felt like it was blasphemy to ask them to play dance music in front of the cathedral but we did it. The system sounded very pretty, actually too pretty and soft for that kind of music. It was a bitter sweet experience.It’s hard to visit someone else’s house and to criticize their children, but I did it. The system was perfect for the music that it had been created for, but not for the kind of music that I work with.
After talking about my impression and giving feedback, I invited Mr Sándor Elek, the genius master mind behind ESAudio to the latin urban music concert that I was mixing the next day. I told him “if you come to the concert you’ll understand what I need”.At the end of the concert Mr. Sándor said; “I’ll make something new, and it will have your name on it”. At that precise moment, in August 17 of 2019, the vision of the ESAudio, YM Series was conceived.
Testing the YM series
We knew, we were going in the right way
In December of that year, on the day of my birthday, I visited the ESAudio factory and received the greatest birthday surprise present that I’ve ever received in my life. I was listening to the incarnation of that vision, listening the first YM 88 prototype. Wow what an experience, what honor to have your name in a product that will be a landmark in the audio industry!
The year 2020 arrived and Covid too, but that didn’t stop the pursuing of the vision behind the YM series. Actually Covid, gave us more time, and the opportunity to take something really good, and not just make it better, make it great.
In August, at the City of Life Church, ESAudio will present the final outcome of this wonderful adventure. A line array system able to interpret the nuances and subleties of acoustic music, and perform the ruthless physical aggression of electronic music, a system that can do them both flawlessly.
If you ask me to describe the sonic experience with the ESAudio, YM series, the best I can say is that it’s an audiophile grade experience with all the physical sound that you’ll ever want. But no matter how many words I can express, nothing replaces the experience of listening it by yourself to understand it.